Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kronwall hits Kesler, Canucks Prevail

Quite the interesting game in Vancouver tonight.  With two tough tests in Minnesota and Detroit after a cross-country continent 12 day road trip, the Canucks passed two big early season tests.  On Wednesday night they defeated Detroit 4-2 and gave the Red Wings defense fits with their speed.

The game was not without controversy however, as Nicklas Kronwall delivered one of his patented hits on Ryan Kesler late in the game, which took a near penalty-free affair into a chippy night of hockey. 

Canucks fans were upset to see there was no penalty call on the play, except a two-minute minor to Kesler.  It should have been a minor penalty for charging at the very least, and the NHL may very well be lucky that Kesler wasn't seriously hurt on the play.

Let's review the rulebook for Charging:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ron Maclean 'Apologizes' to Burrows

Ron MacLean went out of his way to issue an apology to Alex Burrows this past weekend after another debacle on Coaches' Corner on December 10th.  So what did MacLean say?  Well, he basically spent a few minutes discussing topics other than his comments towards Burrows, and made excuses.  Was there an 'I'm Sorry'?  No, not really, but the two minute segment is at the very least a partial admission of guilt on the part of CBC.

After all, admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery.

Opinions on the 'apology' vary.  I'm of the mindset that MacLean has had his wrist slapped for overstepping journalistic bounds, but not out of integrity.  I would assume that some people have advised him that it's not wise to alienate a province that tunes in weekly in droves to watch the best Canadian hockey team this year, that may very well be the only team to watch post-April 15th.

I'd rather MacLean be honest and stick to his guns rather than lie to viewers anyways, but you'd expect something better than him making excuses for airing what he aired.  The fact that the Ottawa Senators 'Winchester Gate' incident is still a topic a full week after the rematch between the two teams is beyond silly.  No one was injured, so it's a complete waste of air-time.

Part of me feels like all I learned from that clip is:
a) MacLean likes to brag about what a great referee he thinks he is,
b) CBC could benefit from a producer to 'reel' those guys in a bit.

If anything, MacLean is guilty of something as small as wasting national air-time, or as egregious as character assassination and perpetuating personal rivalries.  Where Burrows is concerned, other than be the victim of some horrible officiating against Nashville in January 2010, Burrows has done nothing to deserve that type of attention.

Why not focus on Milan Lucic?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

MacLean / Cherry discuss Burrows

During Vancouver's 4-1 win Saturday night over the Ottawa Senators, the CBC Hockey Night in Canada crew repeatedly brought up a play in Ottawa's previous encounter with Vancouver, where Senators forward Jesse Winchester was hit by Canucks' forward Max Lapierre into the boards near the Vancouver bench.  Alex Burrows was in the process of making a line change and had unlocked the latch in the door, prompting an awkward fall from Winchester.

Monday, December 5, 2011

NHL Realignment: Four Conferences in 2012

The NHL Board of Governors recently convened and have decided upon a new alignment consisting of four Conferences.  The vote by NHL teams was 26-4 in favour of the realignment.  The drastic new look goes into effect in 2012, and the teams breakdown as follows (sorted by last season's point totals):